Re: How (Not) to Speak of God

I’m not familiar with Rollins; I also think the answer to your question would largely depend on who you ask.

The Emergent crowd definitely seems to be friendly to a popularized version of post-structuralism/modernism, but it’s not the only movement discussing these things. The Radical Orthodoxy movement, for example, is explicitly seeking to move beyond those thinkers (it claims the post-modernists are really just modernists, and attempts to retrieve premodern philosophers, especially ones like Augustine and Aquinas). There’s also the more broad “critical-realists”, one example from the biblical guild being NT Wright, who would regard post-structuralism as being unhelpful and insufficient philosophically.

I’m inclined to think that the post-modern movement in general can help the church to remember its apophatic (negative, in sense of speaking by negating things instead of making positive affirmations) tradition, but consistently applied seems to lead to relativism or inconsistency. I think the longer it is discussed in the church, the more it will be seen to be the passing fad that it is.